Small Watercraft

ORS 830.380
Peace officer authority to require operator to remedy especially hazardous condition


When a peace officer observes a boat being operated on the waters of this state in an especially hazardous condition and determines that continuance of the voyage of the boat could place the occupants in imminent danger, the peace officer may order the operator of the boat to take immediate and reasonable steps to remedy the especially hazardous condition, including but not limited to directing the operator to move to a moorage and remain there until the especially hazardous condition is remedied.


For purposes of this section, an especially hazardous condition is limited to the following conditions:


Improper or insufficient personal flotation devices in violation of ORS 830.215 (Personal flotation devices);


Improper or insufficient fire extinguishers in violation of ORS 830.220 (Fire extinguishers);


Improper or insufficient backfire arresting devices on carburetors in violation of ORS 830.235 (Carburetors);


Improper or insufficient navigation lights in violation of ORS 830.225 (Lights) if found between sunset and sunrise;


Overloading in violation of ORS 830.355 (Overloading);


Overpowering; or


Leakage of fuel from the boat engine, fuel system or bilge. [1997 c.568 §2]
Note: 830.380 (Peace officer authority to require operator to remedy especially hazardous condition) to 830.385 (Commercial fishing boats exempt from regulation of especially hazardous condition) were added to and made a part of ORS chapter 830 by legislative action but were not added to any smaller series therein. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.


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